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Relay for Life coming to South Tahoe

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American Cancer Society is searching for volunteers to help with the 2006 South Lake Tahoe Relay for Life. The American Cancer Society office in Reno is in the process of the first Relay for Life in South Lake Tahoe. The event is scheduled to take place next summer.

Relay For Life is the American Cancer Society’s signature activity. It offers everyone in a community an opportunity to participate in the fight against cancer. Teams of people camp out at a local high school, park, or fairground and take turns walking or running around a track or path.

Each team is asked to have a representative on the track at all times during the event. Relays are an overnight event, up to 24 hours in length.

One in three people will be diagnosed with cancer within their lifetime. The money raised at the event saves lives by funding cancer research, early detection and prevention education, advocacy efforts, and life-affirming patient services. Your involvement makes this all possible.

Relay for Life allows all individuals an opportunity to celebrate the lives of those who have survived cancer and to remember those who have passed away from this disease. For the newly diagnosed, Relay for Life is a healing experience that offers a chance to meet others who have claimed victory over cancer. For the caregivers who give their time, love, and support to their friends and family who face cancer, it provides hope and understanding.

The American Cancer Society is currently searching for volunteers to help coordinate the Relay for Life. Nisha Verma, community relationship manager, said, “I am looking for two organized, passionate individuals to attend a training in Las Vegas in a couple months. The training is a great learning experience that is vital to the planning process. I will need a commitment by Aug. 31.”

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Since Relay for Life is a community event, volunteers are a driving force. The Reno office is excited to begin its work in South Lake Tahoe.

Anyone interested in volunteering can contact Verma at (800) 892-9480 or nisha.verma@cancer.org.

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